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I watched The Maze Runner movie a few days ago and held off writing this up because I needed to process all of my feelings towards it. So after a lot of thought I can safely say that I liked it. But I think the fact that I read the book kind of ruined it.
 
Allow me to explain.
 
I really fell in love with the books: the characters, the relationships and the writing. Honestly, the story is very silly– I feel this way even more since I started the sequel– but it is still an entertaining read. Hell, one of my favorite things about the book was the relationship between Newt and Alby and the relationship between Chuck and Thomas. I simply don’t think the movie delivered on that.
 
Now, the movie did a lot of things wonderfully. I think most of the interactions in the movie work. Dylan O'Brien is a very talented actor and the rest of the cast was wonderful as well. There was a lot of chemistry there. I think Will Poulter was a real stand out in the movie. My favorite was the dynamic between Gally and Thomas.
 
Acutally, Gally in general is much better in the movie than in the book. I understand his feelings and motivation a lot better than in the book.
 
But other rather important  characters felt a bit lack luster. Like Alby and Chuck. Simply didn’t hit me as hard.
 
That’s my main criticism of the film.
 
The set and sound design were wonderful. The maze looked huge and impossible. They way the doors moved and the maze shifting were amazing and gave a them a great sense of weight!
 
The designs of the Grievers were terrifying. A mixture of spiders. scorpions and some king of weird gelatinous monster. I actually jumped a couple of times.
 
I felt like the story, for all the changes they made, was tight and concise. I’ve seen fans of the books complain about aspects of the movie so it’s really up to each person to decide if the movies worth it or not.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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Recently I watched Divergent. I had planned on watching this way back when it came out in March, but I wanted to read the book first. It’s something I try to do as often as I can.
 
And I couldn’t get past the first 200 pages. So I didn’t see the movie.
 
But I decided to watch the movie, spoiling the book (that I still plan on reading) for myself, trying to see if it would be better or at least entertaining.
 
It wasn’t, I will try to explain.
 
I will talk about the good first.
 
I think this movie looks nice. The living areas for each faction were unique and distinct. The gray, simple houses of Abnegation couples with the fact that they all looked the same really drove home their individuality. The Erudite building was all white, bringing to mind modern and futuristic. It was all very nice.
 
The music and costumes were simply okay. Nothing special or anything like that but nothing that I felt was wildly out of place. So good job there.
 
Now for the bad.
 
I’ve never seen Shailene Woodley or Theo James in anything other than this movie, and based on their performances here…they seem pretty boring. I mean, they weren't bad, they did their parts just fine, but they were boring. But to be fair, everyone seemed a little bored during the movie.
 
I also think the plot is ridiculous, but I also felt that it was ridiculous in the book. One thing I was sad about as I watched the movie was the lack of characterization Tris’ friends got. They were barely characters and I didn’t feel any emotions between the any of them. This was especially true for Al. That really bothered me because while I was struggling to read the book I did enjoy Tris’ relationship with her friends; her relationship with Al was my favorite. And it was completely missing in the movie. Boo.
 
Also, the movie completely dropped the ball on the romance between Tris and Four. I haven’t read it in the book but in the film it came out of nowhere and was pretty weak. I didn’t believe it at all and rolled my eyes at all the ‘I love yous’, they didn’t feel earned.
 
I won’t comment on the last third (?) of the film because I’ll be here all day. Just know that I was thinking, “This is ridiculous and stupid” the whole time.
 
I don’t know who this movie would please, people who haven’t read the book probably won’t be too entertained and fans of the boo will probably be disappointed since this movie is so mediocre. Oh well, just another lame YA adaptation. Hopefully The Maze Runner will be better.
 
My Rating: 2/5

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